Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Bekir Pakdemirli said that more than 10 thousand trees of various types were planted in the forest area destroyed by illegal cutting in Mersin in the past months and this area was registered as “Idlib Martyrs Memorial Forest”.
Minister Pakdemirli stated that on 22.12.2019, a criminal sentence was issued against the suspects who carried out an improper tree cut for occupation and rent in 74 decares of forest in Mersin's old Mezitli Mahallesi location and the issue was submitted to the judiciary.
Expressing that the court made confiscation orders about the persons, including those who made illegal cuts and their relatives, Pakdemirli emphasized that these decisions are important in terms of preventing the occupation of forest areas.
OVER 10 THOUSANDS OF WOOD ARE ESTABLISHED IN VARIOUS SPECIES
Explaining that the General Directorate of Forestry is working on reforesting the destroyed area, Pakdemirli said:
“With the 74 decares area destroyed by cutting trees, the land area adjacent to this area (in the old Mezitli area) was also executed, and a total of 146 decares of machine land was prepared by protecting it by conducting wire-cut, red pine, blue cypress. A total of 10.100 saplings were planted, consisting of black cypress, acacia, ash, maple, laurel, willow, eucalyptus, carob and ahlat species.
We have regained the destroyed areas in the forest and we have registered the name of this place as the 'Idlib Martyrs Memorial Forest' to revive our martyrs. ”
CONSERVATION ACTIVITIES TIGHTENED
Minister Pakdemirli stated that as the Forestry Organization, they tightened their protection activities to prevent illegal tree cutting, and that they would not allow any rent-based action with the support of all segments of the society.
Pakdemirli also thanked the public administrators, non-governmental organizations and citizens who showed sensitivity in order to ensure the continuity of the future-guaranteed forests.